Category: Blog Event

Sixth Annual A Bookish Little Christmas

Posted December 1, 2017 by Jana in Blog Event / 12 Comments

It’s that time of year again! A Bookish Little Christmas is my absolute favorite blog event, and I’m really excited to be hosting for the 6th year in a row. The next few weeks will be filled with Christmassy guest posts, book reviews, and other fun things as we count down the days until Christmas (I’ll be updating the schedule as posts go live). Some of my very favorite bookish people, including authors, book bloggers, and publicists, will be stopping by with amazing stories and other festive content. I really think that this will be my favorite Bookish Little Christmas to date, and I can’t wait to celebrate with you.

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Post Schedule

December 1: 2017 Christmas Novels | New Release List
December 2: Handmade Holiday Cards by Andi of Andi’s ABC’s (+ Giveaway)
December 3: Christmas Songs Book Tag 2017
December 4: The Boyfriend Swap by Meredith Schorr | Book Review
December 5: Anna Bernard’s Favorite Holiday Movies & TV Episodes | Guest Post
December 6: Happy Holidays from Forever! | Christmas Book Spotlights & Giveaway
December 7: Sarah’s (What Sarah Read) Christmas Top Ten | Book Blogger Guest Post
December 8: Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan | Book Review & Giveaway
December 9: Brookie Cowles’s 2017 Book Gift Guide | Author Guest Post
December 10: The Christmas Cabin by J.L. Jarvis | Book Review
December 11: A Polish Christmas by Ksenia Winnicki | Guest Post (+ Giveaway)
December 12: My Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017
December 13: April’s Favorite Christmas Movies, Music, & Books | Book Blogger Guest Post
December 14: Starry Night by Debbie Macomber | Book Review
My Christmas Top Ten at What Sarah Read
December 15: Jen Gilroy’s Favorite Holiday Books as a Child | Author Guest Post
December 16: Dear Santa from Robyn of The Boyfriend Swap by Meredith Schorr | Author Guest Post
December 17: Alyssa’s Christmas Traditions | Book Blogger Guest Post
December 18: Presents Jodi Meadows Would Give Her Before She Ignites Characters | Author Guest Post
December 19: Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings – 2017 Edition
December 20: Harker’s Favorite Bookish Christmases | Blogger Guest Post
December 21: Operation Mistletoe Magic by Nicki Edwards | Book Review
December 22: My 12 Favorites of Christmas
December 23: Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis | Book Review
December 24: My Christmas Memories (with Little Jana Pictures!)
December 25: Merry Christmas 2017!

First Annual Magic, Myth, & Mischief | Event Information, Schedule, & Giveaway

Posted September 1, 2017 by Jana in Blog Event, Giveaway / 6 Comments


Welcome to the first annual Magic, Myth, & Mischief event, hosted by me and Bonnie! This is a month-long event that celebrates fairy tales and mythological retellings, as well as retellings of favorite classic novels and books featuring mythical beasts such as mermaids, dragons, and fae! It’s going to be a really fun month of book reviews, blog tours, guest posts, and author interviews, so make sure to join back each day for fun new content!

This post is your go-to spot for all the information about this event. Here you will find the event schedule on my blog (links will be added as posts go live, and additional content will be added as we receive it from authors and guest bloggers), the calendar for the coordinating Instagram photo challenge that we hope you will participate in, an awesome giveaway, and the link-up for anything you’ve posted that fits our event (we want to come visit!).

Our official event hashtag is: #MagicMythMischief

Event Schedule

9/1 –  Event Information, Schedule, & Giveaway
Savage by Nicole Conway | Cover Reveal

9/4 – Interview with Gabrielle Pendergrast | Zero Repeat Forever Blog Tour

9/5 – The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill | Graphic Novel Review
Until the Storm Passes by Elizabeth Doherty | Exclusive Cover Reveal

9/6 – Heather Fawcett Guest Post | Even the Darkest Stars Blog Tour

9/7 – F.M. Boughan Guest Post | Cinderella, Necromancer Blog Tour

9/8 – Everneath by Brodi Ashton | Book Review

9/11 –  Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows | Blog Tour Book Review

9/12 – Top Ten Retellings of Classic Works I Want to Read | Top Ten Tuesday

9/13 – Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale | Graphic Novel Review
Konstanz Silverbow Guest Post

9/14 – Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis | Book Review

9/15 – Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter by Diane Stanley | Picture Book Review
Combination Station: When Legends Collide by Danielle Shipley | Guest Post

9/18 – The Gift of the Crocodile: A Cinderella Story by Judy Sierre | Picture Book Review
Kaitlin Bevis Interview

9/19 – Tobie Easton Guest Post | Submerged Blog Tour

9/20 – Caraval by Stephanie Garber | Book Review

9/21 – Debut Dish Special Edition with Heather Fawcett and Even the Darkest Stars

9/22 – The Little Red Wolf by Amelie Flechais | Graphic Novel Review
Morgan’s Favorite Fairytale Retellings | Book Blogger Guest Post

9/23 – Favorite Quotes from Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco | HPD Blog Tour

9/25 – Nicole Conway Guest Post | Savage Blog Tour

9/26 – Top Ten Books Featuring Mythological Creatures | Top Ten Tuesday

9/27 – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas | Book Review

9/28 – Laura Holt Guest Post

9/29 – Beneath a Sapphire Sea by Jessica Bryan | Book Review

Bonnie’s schedule of events can be found here.

(For the most part, we will not be posting on weekends but you’ll still see us on Instagram!)

Instagram Photo Challenge

If you take part in the daily photo prompts, you’ll get bonus entries for the event giveaways!

These themes were designed with your creativity in mind. Interpret them however you wish: super literal or not. We’re really excited to see what you come up with. :)

Make sure you tag your photos with #MagicMythMischief so we can come see!


We hope you will be adding some new books to your TBR as you follow along, and we’re going to let you win some! Two of you will be winning books this month, and it’s international as long as Book Depository ships to you!

If you are the first place winner, you can choose any book that Bonnie, Mandy, or I review or feature during Magic, Myth, and Mischief from September 1-30, 2017!

If you are the second place winner, you can choose any fairytale/mythology themed book under $10!

The giveaway ends October 15th, and there will be many opportunities to enter throughout the entire month.

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If you post (or have posted recently) any book reviews, giveaways, vlogs, feature articles, etc. about fairy tales, mythology, or books featuring mythical creatures, link up here so that we can come visit!

All you have to do is link your post below like this: Title of Post (Website).

Thank you for helping us make this event special!

First Annual Magic, Myth & Mischief Event | Participation Invitation

Posted August 2, 2017 by Jana in Blog Event / 2 Comments


Hi everyone! I’m pretty excited to announce this exciting collaborative event with the lovely Bonnie from A Backwards Story! If you’ll remember, Bonnie and I hosted A Week of Beauty and the Beast together this past March. We bonded over the OTSP Secret sister Project last year, and then we bonded over our love of fairy tales and retellings, too!

Magic, Myth, & Mischief is happening during the entire month of September this year, and it’s going to be so much fun! The entire month will center around fairy tales and mythological retellings, but we’ll also spotlight retellings of favorite classic novels and books featuring lore about mythical beasts such as mermaids, dragons, and fae!

The best part? We want YOU to be a part of the fun! Would you like to write a guest post about any aspect of this topic? Would you like to write a book review for us to host for you? Are you an author with a book that fits the event’s parameters and want to talk about it? We want you! Feel free to email us your ideas (Jana – JanaSparkles {at} yahoo {dot} com or Bonnie – abackwardsstory {at} gmail {dot} com). Or fill out the handy form below (it keeps us organized) by August 30th and we will get you on the schedule!



Even if you can’t participate, we’d love your help spreading the word! I made a banner and a button for the event that you’re free to use on social media or on your own websites. You can also help by tweeting or Facebooking links to this post and future event posts. We’d truly appreciate the publicity, plus you’ll get extra entries in our giveaway if you share now and throughout the entire month! :)

Official event hashtag: #magicmythmischief

We’d like to thank DeviantArt artists colgreyissandaraanotherwanderer, and Edil for the designs that helped make this event button and banner possible!

That Artsy Reader Girl
That Artsy Reader Girl

Please help us make this event the best it can be!
We can’t wait to share the fun with you all month long this September!

A Week of Beauty and the Beast | Introduction and Event Schedule

Posted March 12, 2017 by Jana in Blog Event / 13 Comments

A Week of Beauty and the Beast | Introduction and Event Schedule

Hello! Welcome to A Week of Beauty and Beast, a special blog event hosted by Bonnie at A Backwards Story and me! We thought this would be the perfect time to host an event devoted to one of our favorite fairy tales, seeing as how Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast is coming out in theaters on Friday! Woohoo! We’re excited to share our love of this tale as old as time with you, and hope you enjoy what we have planned! Below you will find the schedule of posts on my blog this week (I’ll be updating it each day), and I’ve linked Bonnie’s schedule above! Make sure you enter to win a Beauty and the Beast themed book of your choice. Want to join in on the fun? Link up your B&B themed posts so we can come see!

Event Schedule

– Giveaway | You can win ANY title we feature during A Week of Beauty and the Beast as long as Book Depository ships to your country!

Sunday, 3/12/17
– A Week of Beauty and the Beast Introduction and Event Schedule
– Book Review | Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont (the original tale)

Monday, 3/13/17
– Book Review + Movie Thoughts | Beastly by Alex Flinn
– Blogger Guest Post | Growing Up With Beauty and the Beast

Tuesday, 3/14/17
Top Ten Beauty and the Beast Retellings I Want to Read
– Beauty & the Beast Interview Series | Roses In Amber Author C.E. Murphy

Wednesday, 3/15/17
– Children’s Book Review | Beauty and the Beast by Marianna Mayer, illustrated by Mercer Mayer
– Beauty & the Beast Interview Series | Withering Rose Author Kaitlyn Davis
– Book Review | Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Thursday, 3/16/17
– Children’s Book Review | The Dragon Prince: A Chinese Beauty & the Beast Tale by Laurence Yep
– Bookish Finds | Beauty and the Beast Merchandise

Friday, 3/17/17
– Beauty & the Beast Interview Series | Barefoot On the Wind Author Zoë Marriott
– Book Review | Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier

Saturday, 3/18/17
– Book Review | A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Sunday, 3/19/17
– Author Guest Post | Gabrielle Prendergast on “X” Meets “Y” Retellings
– TV Show Obsession | The CW’s Beauty and the Beast (2012)


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